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Disinflationary boom in a price-wage spiral model

  • Olivier Musy
  • Jean-Christophe Pereau

This paper analyses the impact of the disinflation policy timing on the sign and the magnitude of the sacrifice ratio in a modified price and wage staggered model of Blanchard (1986). When wages are updated every four quarters and prices every two quarters, we show that a “cold-turkey” disinflation is associated to an output boom when the policy is implemented during the last period of life of the wage contract and a recession the other quarters.

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Paper provided by University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX in its series EconomiX Working Papers with number 2009-36.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2009-36
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